Tifton Gazette


January 15, 2014

Greg Davis Farms named Conservationist of the Year


The Middle South Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors and its cooperating banks held their annual Conservationist of the Year banquet at the Agrirama Conference Center Nov. 14, 2013. Greg Davis Farms is the 2013 Conservationist of the Year for Tift County. Davis is a third-generation farmer who currently manages the family’s 1,250 acres located in Tift County. The farm consists of cotton, corn, peanuts and watermelons. Approximately 70 percent of the farm is irrigated with center pivot irrigation, all of which have been retrofitted from high pressure sprinklers to low pressure drop nozzles. 

As a farm professional, Davis also utilizes conservation tillage for his cotton and corn acres. All fields are installed with terraces and grass waterways designed to prevent soil erosion. Davis takes great pride in producing high-yielding, high-quality crops, as well as conserving soil and water through conservation practices. Mr. and Mrs. Davis have two children and are members of Oak Grove Baptist in Tifton. 

This award is given to the outstanding conservationist in the nine surrounding counties that represent the Middle South Georgia Soil & Water Conservation District. Highlighting the program was guest speaker Mark “Dill” Driscoll, dean of Business at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Chairman Milton Ussery of Ben Hill County preceded the evening program. 

The award is issued to those who achieve excellence in the field of soil and water conservation.  The winners are improving their land, as well as helping to improve their community and our State.  Additional winners included Mitch Shiver of Ben Hill County, DeWitt Farms of Brooks County, Saunders Brothers Farms of Colquitt County, Southern Comfort Dairy Inc. of Crisp County, Grant Carter Farms of Irwin County, Bert Hurst Farms of Thomas County, King Ranch Farms of Turner County and David Bryan of Worth County. It is through their conservation efforts and dedication that our Natural Resources are preserved for future generations.         

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

    LEOs and first responders honored at banquet

    A room full of local law enforcement and first responders were honored Thursday night by the Tifton Elks Lodge at their annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet for their service in the community.
    Prior to the awards being given out, Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, welcomed everyone, and the invocation and pledge were led by the Tift County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

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